Janesville Parker's pistol offense misfiring
JANESVILLE—The pistol offense remains a work in progress for Janesville Parker’s football team.
Designed to allow the quarterback the read option, the formation is highly acclaimed for the flexibility it brings to an offense. Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick ran it to perfection in the NFL a year ago.
Parker’s pistol offense is simply shooting blanks.
The Vikings managed only 168 yards of offense Friday night in a 28-7 Big Eight Conference loss to Middleton at Monterey Stadium.
Parker’s defense played well before running out of gas in the second half, but the offense remained stuck in neutral for most of the game.
The Vikings lost three fumbles and had a pass intercepted in falling to 0-3 on the season. The loss was Parker’s eighth straight dating back to last season.
“We’ve got to learn to build on the little things early in the game and use that to gain momentum,” Parker coach Eric Skrzypchak said. “Tonight, we take right down the field on the opening drive but then stall in the red zone. And then on one of the next possessions, we get intercepted. It’s tough to build momentum when that happens.”
Middleton struck first on Charles Braxton’s 1-yard TD run with 2:12 left in the opening quarter. The score was set up when Mitchell Herl hauled in a 23-yard pass from Kasey Miller to set up first-and-goal at the one.
The Cardinals (2-1) made it 14-0 with 5:23 left in the first half on Demond Hill’s 14-yard touchdown reception from Miller.
Parker put together its only scoring drive of the game on the ensuing possession. Dai-Von Vance-Jenkins did most of the work for the Vikings on the drive and capped it off with a 2-yard burst with 2:58 left in the half. Vance-Jenkins, who rushed for over 200 yards in Parker’s opening game, was held to 42 yards Friday night.
Middleton controlled the second half. The Cardinals scored late in the third quarter to make it 21-7 before Braxton put the game away with a 20-yard TD scamper on the first play of the fourth quarter.
“Our defense was definitely dog tired,” Skrzypchak said. “We got a few guys going both ways, and it was a little bit humid and a little bit warmer.
“We’re doing some good things, but just not on a consistent basis.”
Parker plays at Beloit Memorial on Thursday night.
MIDDLETON 28, JANESVILLE PARKER 7
Middleton 7 7 7 7—28
Janesville Parker 0 7 0 0—7
Scoring summary: M—Charles Braxton, 1 run (Derek Rongstad kick). M—Demond Hill, 14 pass from Kasey Miller (Rongstad kick). P—Dai-Von Vance-Jenkins, 2 run (Billy Phalin kick). M—Alex Leahy, 2 run (Rongstad kick). M—Braxton, 20 run (Rongstad kick).
Statistics: First downs—M 13, JP 10. Rushes—M 36-150, JP 39-121. Yards passing—M 141, JP 47. Passes—M 20-11-0, JP 12-5-1. Fumbles—M 1-0, JP 3-3. Penalties—M 6-67, JP 5-46.